Chrissy Murderbot is a Chicago resident who you might know from his playful mutant juke remixes that have popped up across the internet on Pitchfork, Fact and Stereogum. Or for his incredibly disciplined 'My Year Of Mixtapes' blog, where he's recorded a mixtape a week and put it on Mixcloud. Or perhaps his previous incarnations working in his beloved Jungle genre or with disco edits and good old house.
'Bussin Down' is the first single from Chrissy for Planet Mu. His style here is inspired by his chosen city of Chicago's Juke and Footwork scenes. He playfully mixes in elements of other styles of music he loves, such as R'n'B and Dancehall, to create lively hybrids with a warm hearted mass appeal that comfortably straddles genres.
'Bussin Down' features Chicago footwork supremo DJ Spinn over some tasty footwork tracks featuring Spinn's instructional lyrics, high speed jazz funk, and cracking claps and klaviers. Next track 'Braaain' is a unique amalgam of footwork with the classic early digital sleng teng bassline. The blend works fantastically, as Chrissy slides the originals vocal in and out of the mix in a dub style.
On the B-side Atki2 takes album track 'The Vibe Is So Right' featuring vocals from MC Zulu and runs it through a lush treatment that mixes Detroit washes with tight, laidback, rolling funky house drums, to instant classic effect. On B2, Chicago footwork pioneers DJ Rashad and Spinn send the originals vocal into a whirl of complex delays and layered loops over cold drums and hard techno stabs.
Watch out for the incredible video for 'Bussin Down' which was made with an artist grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.
This single is just a taste of whats to come on his 'Women's Studies' album, due soon on Planet Mu.
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